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Old 07-01-2013, 01:34 PM   #1
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Kimba77 HB User
Newly diagnosed bipolar

Hi. I have been recently diagnosed with bipolar and am on the drug lamotrigine. So far a really low dose. 25mg twice daily. I notice my system
seems to rev up about an hour after I take it. Sometimes I feel agitated and get hypoglycemic. Has that ever happened to anyone else?

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Old 07-01-2013, 08:28 PM   #2
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Re: Newly diagnosed bipolar

Hi Kimba77 -

Lamotrigine is the generic name for Lamictal. It can have a dangerous side effect so I hope your doctor prescribed it to you correctly. You must gradually increase the dose in case a rash appears, which can lead to some other serious disease.

I have Bipolar II. I take Depakote, Cymbalta, Wellbutrin and Trazadone.

Before I went on Depakote I was on Lamictal at 75 mg 1x day. It was then increased to 2x a day and I then became hypomanic. As usual, I hit rock bottom and my Pdoc took me off the Lamictal and put me on the Depakote.

So to answer your question I guess I did get revved up and agitated but at a much higher dose.

Good Luck.


Old 07-03-2013, 08:53 AM   #3
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Re: Newly diagnosed bipolar

Hello Kim! I too was just diagnosed and I too take Lamotrigne. My doctor made it very clear about the rash issue and to take this medication gradually. It can very well get you revved up. For me it doesn't but that could be due to me taking it once an evening. I too started with only 25mg. In about two weeks I will be at 50mg. I do feel a bit tense but not to the point where I cannot control it with some hot tea or my heating pad on my back to relax. I was also given Seroquel for sleep due to the insomnia issue I have from the Bipolar disorder. I just wish that I didn't have the hangover effect. I hope you find this message board helpful. I am looking forward to learning more of this disorder so I can help control it or be educated to start the healing process. I hope you do too Many hugs!

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